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June 05, 2013
|Hi, Rob here!
Today I want to share some thoughts about......
Todays communique will be a little different than my normal teaching format, but I think you'll find it challenging.
TRANSFORMATION: WE ARE EITHER MOVING FORWARD, OR NOT
"Nine-tenths of the miseries and vices of mankind proceed from idleness." —Thomas Carlyle
Paul said, “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal … I press on in order that I may lay hold of that which also I was laid of by Christ Jesus.”
We are to “press onward toward the goal” of being “as He is, so are we in this world.”
We were all born to move forward. That’s how our bodies were designed: to crawl, to walk, to run forward at a high speed. We were meant to stretch and grow and push ourselves toward our destinies and dreams.
Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten this and have gotten trapped in our current lives because of it. We’ve let our responsibilities and the need for safety weigh us down. We’ve stopped taking the leaps and bounds and chances needed to get us closer to the life we desire. Tragically, we’ve settled into jobs that lead nowhere, relationships that sink our spirits, and habits that hold us back. It’s not difficult to understand why so many people have anxiety attacks or undergo midlife crises—you would, too, if you woke up one morning and realized you were nowhere near the life you always dreamed of living.
I want to help you consciously conduct a progress check on your life—right now, today.
I want you to look at your life and ask these simple questions:
□ Am I closer to the living the life of an overcoming, powerful covenant man or woman this year than I was last year? Or am I about the same this year as last year?
□ Have I been charging ahead in life, standing still, or falling behind? Am I more like Jesus now than I was last year?
□ Am I truly moving forward toward being a co-laborer with Jesus and His ambassador, or am I simply conning myself into believing that I’m okay and fulfilling my religious duties by attending church meetings?
I emphasize the word “truly” in the last question, because it doesn’t allow you much wiggle room. If I simply asked you, “Are you moving forward in life?” you might be able to con yourself and say, “Well, I’m sort of moving forward.” But the word “truly” means you have to be a little more honest and straightforward with yourself.
I do this because there can be no “sort-of’s” if you hope to take an accurate, honest inventory of your life. Deep down, you know it’s a cop-out to say, “I’m sort of advancing toward my becoming more powerful in His kingdom.” That’s like saying, “I am moving forward, but I’m just taking baby steps right now.”
Alert: Baby steps may be okay for starting out, but just taking baby steps without bold steps and big risks ensures that your life will forever be stuck in its infancy.
Read this truth again: Either you are truly moving forward, or you are not.
How do you feel when you read that? If you feel a sense of strength and pride because you know you’re giving your all to achieve His desires for you, good for you.
If, however, you wince a little at this truth, then you know it’s time to transform your life. You should interpret that small “uh-oh” in the back of your mind as a clarion call to stop and do some serious stocktaking and figure out why you’ve gotten stuck in life, and what you need to do to get moving again.
Isn't it true that no matter how successful you are right now, you could be making more and faster progress towards the life He died to give you?
Isn't it true that you've been holding back a little bit, that there's more life in you that could be showing up each day, vibrantly and passionately allowing Jesus to express His life through you?
Isn't it true you already know what you have to stop doing and start doing to move forward right now?
At this point, a lot of people say to me, “I don’t know why I’m stuck in life, and I don’t know how to get going again.”
To these people I gently reply, “Yes, the fact is, you do know. All the answers lie within you. Get quiet, be very honest with yourself, and listen to that still small voice within you. That is your teacher, the Holy Spirit.”
When you complete these simple yet profound statements, your life will turn the corner and you will begin to move closer to your dreams. Below are the turning points for this truth. So stop, grab your journal, write down each statement, and finish it as honestly and thoroughly as you can.
Transformational Turning Points:
□ The main reason I am where I am in life right now is because I chose to…
□ The main areas of my life where I seem to be spinning my wheels are…
□ The weight that I’ve been carrying around on my shoulders that has prevented me from moving forward is…
□ The dream that I absolutely must start moving toward once again is…
□ The first step I'm committed to taking right now is…
Paul said, “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal … I press on in order that I may lay hold of that which also I was laid of by Christ Jesus.” We are to “press onward toward the goal” of being “as He is, so are we in this world.”
It doesn't matter what you've done in the past, or where you now. The question is "What will you do this day forward?"
Let’s get going….
If you have questions about this, or need a little help, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, may the Lord open the eyes of your heart and understanding, may He make His internal presence known to you in a very real way, and may He fill you with His peace.
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